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Durkan and Westminster City Council (WCC) have reached a major milestone in the delivery of Beachcroft House, a dedicated housing facility for older people in the area. Construction of Beachcroft House has been gathering pace over the last two years and yesterday saw the completion of the projects extensive green roof in a Topping Out ceremony at the site.
The ceremony marked completion of the highest point in the brand new development, a facility that will provide 84 much needed care spaces in the City of Westminster.
The site at Beachcroft House forms the first part of the Specialist Housing Strategy for Older People (SHSOP) to be built in Westminster, partially-funded by the sale of 31 new private homes at The Masefield, located next door.
The SHSOP, borne out of a major review of housing stock for older people in the borough, seeks to tackle social isolation, illness and frailty, creating homes where people can change the kind of assistance they receive while staying in the same location and within the same community.
The state-of-the art 84-bed development will accommodate the residents of two existing facilities, Carlton Dene and Westmead, and will consist of a mixture of housing types for older people. Dedicated garden space has been designed to stimulate residents suffering from dementia and the development boasts an attractive Maida Vale location, with good transport links for residents and their families.
Selling council-built homes to improve care provisions is the first step in a new program for Westminster, which aims to deliver the next generation of care homes through an innovative cross-funding model.
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration said:
“Making sure that we can provide enough care spaces is one of our biggest challenges in Westminster, and I am delighted to see us well on the way to meeting this challenge with the development at Beachcroft House.
I look forward to celebrating many more milestones as we get closer to fully opening this brand new facility for residents.”
The new care home has been designed to fit seamlessly into the local area and to provide a supportive community for residents. It will contain modern communal spaces and facilities such as a sensory garden to help those living with dementia.
Jim Briggs, Managing Director of Durkan commented:
“We’re delighted to be marking this milestone on such an important development in the borough. Visionary housing provision for older people is of critical importance as the UK seeks to tackle the loneliness and social isolation epidemic. By working together to explore new funding mechanisms and ways of working, there’s an opportunity for genuine partnership across the public and private sectors that can transform housing provision in the UK.”
Construction of both Beachcroft House and The Masefield is being delivered by Durkan. Practical completion is expected in Spring 2020, with the home ready for occupation in Summer 2020.